It’s been a great couple of months transitioning from an engaged couple to newlyweds – although that transition is definitely more stressful since we’re also moving into our first house together as a married couple!
Related: How to Budget for a New House
When we first started talking about marriage, B and I initially wanted a long engagement (about 2 years) so we could save up and pay for the wedding entirely in cash. Unfortunately, life had other plans and my father became very ill less than 9 months later.
We kind of rushed into becoming engaged and sped up our “getting married” timeline, just in case anything happened to my Dad.
Our 2 year engagement turned into a 1 year engagement, which was enough time to sock away about 50% of our budget for the wedding. A 1 year engagement is also long enough to lock in some discounts, which we did immediately.
Now that all the invoices have come in and I’ve paid off the last of our wedding debt, I wanted to share with you what our biggest expenses were for our $8,700 wedding – I’d love to hear what your biggest expenses were, or what you expect to spend the most on for your wedding!
Our Biggest Wedding Expenses
- $3,000 on food and drink
- $1,000 on photography
- $1,100 for our ceremony location
- $800 on my dress
- $800 on our flowers
The Little Things Added Up
- $600 for Cake, Cupcakes, and Cookie Gifts
- $500 for Invitations and Signage for Wedding
- $300 for Officiant
- $300 for Groom’s Ring
Getting Married is Spendy, But I Liked It